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In this report is described the work effort performed to provide NETL with VE-Suite based
Virtual Engineering software and enhanced equipment models to support NETL's Advanced
Process Engineering Co-simulation (APECS) framework for advanced power generation
systems. Enhancements to the software framework facilitated an important link between APECS
and the virtual engineering capabilities provided by VE-Suite (e.g., equipment and process
visualization, information assimilation). Model enhancements focused on improving predictions
for the performance of entrained flow coal gasifiers and important auxiliary equipment (e.g., Air
Separation Units) used in coal gasification systems. In addition, a Reduced Order Model
generation tool and software to provide a coupling between APECS/AspenPlus and the GE
GateCycle simulation system were developed. CAPE-Open model interfaces were employed
where needed. The improved simulation capability is demonstrated on selected test problems.
As part of the project an Advisory Panel was formed to provide guidance on the issues on which
to focus the work effort. The Advisory Panel included experts from industry and academics in
gasification, C02 capture issues, process simulation and representatives from technology
developers and the electric utility industry. To optimize the benefit to NETL, REI coordinated its
efforts with NETL and NETL funded projects at Iowa State University, Carnegie Mellon
University and ANSYS/Fluent, Inc.
The improved simulation capabilities incorporated into APECS will enable researchers and
engineers to better understand the interactions of different equipment components, identify
weaknesses and processes needing improvement and thereby allow more efficient, less expensive
plants to be developed and brought on-line faster and in a more cost-effective manner. These
enhancements to APECS represent an important step toward having a fully integrated
environment for performing plant simulation and engineering. Furthermore, with little effort the
modeling capabilities described in this report can be extended to support other DOE programs,
such as ultra super critical boiler development, oxy-combustion boiler development or
modifications to existing plants to include C02 capture and sequestration.
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Bockelie, Mike; Swensen, Dave; Denison, Martin & Borodai, Stanislav. A Virtual Engineering Framework for Simulating Advanced Power System, report, June 18, 2008; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc901076/m1/3/: accessed March 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.